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An Asheville Bauhaus Legacy Expands

An Asheville Bauhaus Legacy Expands

A 2014 grant got the ball rolling. Then a museum opened at 56 Broadway in 2015. Now the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM + AC) is expanding across the street in hip, tiny but growing Asheville, N.C. – with an architectural installation. It’s riding the crest of a resurgence of interest in [...]

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Sara Baldwin’s Gilt by Association

Sara Baldwin’s Gilt by Association

One of our all-time  favorite artisans is Sara Baldwin, who has a studio and operation on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She is, in fact, the largest employer in the town of Exmore, and she makes exquisite mosaics from exotic materials imported from all four corners of the earth, like the gold in this November [...]

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Discovering the Fine Art of Mailboxes

Discovering the Fine Art of Mailboxes

James Cutler was a 19th-century Rochester architect known not for his buildings, but his innovative contribution to the skyscraper. He invented the mailbox and its accompanying chute for tall buildings, with a patent approved in 1883. “Cutler presented his patent at a World’s Fair Exposition, and Otis Elevator was there too,” says Karen Greene, author [...]

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Balthazar Korab’s Architectural Images

Balthazar Korab’s Architectural Images

Photographer Balthazar Korab led a charmed life, if an initially difficult one. “His life story is as fascinating as his work,” says John Comazzi, who’s written and published a book with Princeton Architectural Press on Korab’s work. He was born in Budapest in 1926. His family fled Hungary in 1944 while the nation was still [...]

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In South Korea, a New ‘Forest of Light’

In South Korea, a New ‘Forest of Light’

Like the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, the new Asia Cultural Center (ACC) in Gwangju, South Korea memorializes one of the nation’s darker days. Called Forest of Light, it’s designed by Korean-born, Boston-based architect Kyu Sung Woo. It centers on a memorial to more than a hundred protesters killed during the May 18, 1980 [...]

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BCJ’s Environmental Education Center

BCJ’s Environmental Education Center

It’s a marriage of landscape and design, history and sustainability: The largest park in the city of Pittsburgh is about to debut a new environmental educational center designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) and landscape architects LaQuatra Bonci Associates. Frick Park, which began life in 1919 as a 155-acre gift to the city by Henry [...]

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Rolling Sculpture Rumbles into Raleigh

Rolling Sculpture Rumbles into Raleigh

MoMA’s Arthur Drexler nailed the concept back in 1951, when he described his exhibition of Eight Automobiles as “hollow rolling sculpture.” “They have interior spaces corresponding to an outer form, like buildings, but the designer’s aesthetic purpose is to enclose the functioning parts of an automobile, as well as its passengers, in a package suggesting [...]

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In Brooklyn, Tables by Think Fabricate

In Brooklyn, Tables by Think Fabricate

Brooklyn-based Think Fabricate is at it again. The Greenpoint artisans affiliated with Doban Architecture are creating new products from maple, walnut and an African teak called Afromosia. Their new tables, mirrors and hexagons for storage and display are the result of an ongoing collaboration between designers and makers. Case in point: the Dialogue Table, crafted [...]

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Transforming the Riverfront in Tampa

Transforming the Riverfront in Tampa

Twenty-three derelict acres perched along several hundred feet of the Hillsborough River in West Tampa are about to see a $35 million makeover at the learned hands of Civitas’ Mark Johnson and company, along with W Architecture. “It was a 1977 consequence of urban renewal when a freeway cut the black community in half,” Johnson [...]

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SieMatic, PIRCH Collaborate in SoHo

SieMatic, PIRCH Collaborate in SoHo

To hear Hans Henkes talk, the newest collaboration between SieMatic and PIRCH in SoHo is a match made in heaven. “We saw a brand alliance with them – they’re moving fast with great ideas and they’re trying to create the Apple store of appliances and fixtures,” the president and CEO of SieMatic Möbelwerke USA says. [...]

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